What Happened from the Cross – The Holy Spirit!
John 14:18 “I will not leave you as orphans”:
- Instead of abandoning them he told them that he was going to send them the Holy Spirit.
John 16:7 “But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you.”
John 14:17 “the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”
The great advantage that we have as believers is that we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us.
Romans 8: 13 “For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.”
1 John 3:4-6 “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.”
The challenge is that there are verses that talk about us being sinless:
- Aim for perfection
- He who lives in Christ sins no more (1 John 3:6).
- We are to mature to the measure of the stature of the fullness of God (Ephesians 4:13).
- May the peace of God sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept blameless (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
Justification is an instantaneous work that happens at our salvation.
- Rev 20:12-13 “I saw the dead small and great standing before the throne, and books were opened… and each person was judged according to what they had done.
- Revelations 20:12 & 15 “Then another book was opened, which is the book of life… If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was throne into the lake of fire.”
Along with justification is sanctification:
- Sanctification is a turning from darkness to light!
- It is the setting aside for holy purposes.
- This is a long process.
The Work of the Holy Spirit within you has a twofold duty:
- Mortification of the flesh (Romans 8:13).
- Produce in us a positive likeness to Christ.
Are you living for yourself?
- Then you are saying no to the Holy Spirit!
- Self becomes the motive and center of your personality.
- We thus become selfish.
- Christianity will be about what you have to do.
Are you living for Christ?
- Then you are partnering with the Holy Spirit!
- His values and priorities are yours.
- Your life becomes Christ centered.
- Our life will bear fruit. It is who we are.
John 15:4-5 “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
You have a huge advantage in life:
- You have the power of God dwelling within you;
- His goal is to make you more Christ Like;
- WE MUST DO IT HIS WAY!
We cannot live a Spirit filled life without intentionally being connected with Jesus.